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Martin MacNeill murder case assigned to new judge

Posted in The MacNeill Story on September 4th, 2013 by admin – Be the first to comment

 

Judge Samuel D. McVey speaks to Martin Joseph MacNeill and his Attorney Randall Spencer during his initial appearance Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 in Provo Utah. Scott G Winterton/Deseret News

September 04, 2013 12:25 am  •  Paige Fieldsted – Daily Herald

PROVO – The murder case against Martin MacNeill has been assigned to a new judge in the 4th District Court.

The motion to disqualify Judge McVey, along with supporting documents, is sealed and not accessible to the Daily Herald, but the motion was granted on Aug. 27 and Judge Derek Pullan was reassigned the case.

According to court documents in the case, the Rule 63(B) motion to disqualify was filed the day prior and a telephone conference with Judge McVey was held on Aug. 27. McVey referred the motion to Presiding 4th District Judge David Mortensen who made the reassignment. According to court documents, the motion was filed by the defense and the Utah County attorney’s office opposed the motion.

According to Utah Code, any party in a case can file a motion to disqualify a judge based on bias, prejudice or a conflict of interest. read more »

Gypsy Willis sentenced to 3 years of probation

Posted in The MacNeill Story on May 24th, 2011 by admin – Be the first to comment
Gypsy Willis

That's Michele's Jacket! Unbelievable.

PROVO — A Pleasant Grove woman will spend the next three years on probation for stealing the identity of teenage girl.

Gypsy Willis, 34, was sentenced Tuesday to 36 months of probation for identity fraud and two counts of giving false and inconsistent statements, all second-degree felonies, and filing a wrongful lien, a third-degree felony. Willis pleaded guilty to the charges in March as part of a plea bargain with prosecutors.

In addition to probation, Willis also was sentenced to 180 days in jail, but was given credit for time served and will not actually have to spend additional time incarcerated. The judge also ordered her to pay fines and fees and to participate in a “cognitive restructuring” course. Prosecutor John Neilsen said that the course is designed to help those who commit crimes realize that their actions impact other people.

Yet another condition of Willis’s probation is that she not have any contact with the MacNeill family, which includes the victim as well as Willis’s former boyfriend, Pleasant Grove doctor Martin MacNeill.

According to prosecutors, Willis’s charges were the result of efforts between MacNeill and Willis to alter Willis’s identity. They reportedly tried to steal the identity of MacNeill’s then 16-year-old adopted daughter, Giselle MacNeill, shortly after the death of MacNeill’s wife, Michele, in 2007.

Willis agreed to her sentence when she entered her pleas. On Tuesday her lawyer, John Easton, pointed out that she had no criminal history other than federal charges related to the same incidents, had a low risk for re-offense, and had been compliant with the terms of her parole from federal prison.

But family members of the victim expressed alarm at Willis’s release and sentence. Linda Cluff, Giselle’s guardian, said that Giselle’s credit has been ruined by the identity theft. Cluff said that Giselle now is required to bring documents with her wherever she goes to prove she is not Willis, and has lost an apartment because of the confusion caused by the crime.

“Anywhere she goes she’s affected,” Cluff said. “It’s an ongoing struggle.”

MacNeill’s daughter Alexis Somers went further, saying that Willis’s sentence freed a woman who had colluded with her father to kill her mother.

“We feel a murderer just walked out the doors,” Somers said after Tuesday’s hearing.

Somers and other MacNeill family members have worked for years to prove that their father was behind the death of their mother. Though no murder charges have been brought against MacNeill or Willis, court documents filed last month reveal that investigators believe MacNeill had the motive and ability to kill his wife. Willis and MacNeill reportedly were having an affair before Michele MacNeill’s death, and the documents reveal that Willis expressed a desire to kill her. The documents also indicate that MacNeill may have killed his brother, as well as patients at the state Developmental Center in American Fork, where he was clinical director.

Neilsen said Tuesday that as part of Willis’s plea bargain she could be required to testify against MacNeill, should he ever face charges for the death of his wife.

Original Article: http://www.heraldextra.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/article_7ab854a3-28c8-5b5f-9679-1def8e3d049c.html

Utah County doctor killed wife with deadly combination of drugs, new warrant states

Posted in The MacNeill Story on April 30th, 2011 by admin – Be the first to comment

PLEASANT GROVE — Utah County investigators believe a prominent Pleasant Grove doctor and attorney killed his wife by administering a deadly combination of drugs days after she had surgery, a new search warrant states. Read Full Story

Warrant reveals PG doctor suspected of murder

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Warrant reveals PG doctor suspected of murder

PROVO — Officials now believe a Pleasant Grove physician may have killed his wife, and have also uncovered evidence that he claimed to have killed other… Read Article on The Daily Herald.

Martin MacNeill’s girlfriend faces identity fraud charge

Posted in The MacNeill Story on February 17th, 2011 by admin – Be the first to comment

Ravell Call, Deseret News: Gypsy Willis, former girlfriend of Martin MacNeill, listens to her attorney, John Easton

PROVO — The girlfriend of a man suspected of killing his wife was in court Tuesday on charges of working with him to steal his daughter’s identity.

Gypsy Willis, aka Giselle Jillian MacNeill, is currently serving a 21-month sentence for federal charges of aiding and abetting in aggravated identity theft and made her initial appearance for her district charges Tuesday. She was charged in December 2009 in 4th Provo’s District Court with one count of identity fraud, two counts of false and inconsistent material statements and one count of wrongful lien.

She set a waiver hearing March 1 where a preliminary hearing will be set or she will waive her preliminary hearing. Willis will be serving her last few weeks of her federal sentence in the Utah County jail.

The 34-year-old had been dating Martin MacNeill, a Pleasant Grove doctor and attorney, for several years before moving in with him and his family as a nanny just weeks after his wife’s suspicious death in April 2007.

Right after his wife, Michele, died, prosecutors say MacNeill and Willis began altering Willis’ identity, obtaining false military IDs, a Utah state ID card, and opening numerous bank accounts under the false name and identity.

They used the identity of his 16-year-old adopted daughter, Giselle — a daughter investigators say he had “flown to the Ukraine and left there to fend for herself” in the summer following his wife’s death.

MacNeill’s daughter, Alexis Somers, and Michele MacNeill’s sister, Linda Cluff, were both in the courtroom for Willis’ case.

“It was really hard,” Cluff said of being in the same room as Willis. “The fact that she just glares at you and then smiles — it’s just hard to see someone who destroyed our family’s lives.”

According to investigators MacNeill and Willis’ relationship had been “heating up” prior to Michele MacNeill’s death. Her two roommates told investigators Willis even talked to them about poisoning MacNeill’s wife or cutting the brake lines of her car.

“I am just scared she is going to get off,” Somers said of her father’s girlfriend, who she suspects is still in communication with her dad. “She is a threat. I am concerned for my safety, my family’s safety and my little sisters’ safety.”

Family members expect murder charges to be filed against MacNeill next month.

By Sara Lenz, Deseret News

Original Article: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700110480/Martin-MacNeills-girlfriend-faces-identity-fraud-charge.html